Veteran rider to retire from racing circuit
Kory Ellis has ended his racing career on a high note, winning the ITP QuadCross title.
Ellis, who is the ATV product manager and test rider for Yoshimura Research and Development of America, Chino, Calif., finished on top of the standings after the 11-round series. The circuit plays host to the top riders from California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.
“This series is different than the WPSA or GNC,” says Ellis. “Those are true national race series that are based in the eastern and central US. They draw the best of the best, but the ITP QuadCross is definitely the best of the west.”
Riding a Yoshimura-tuned Suzuki LT-450 QuadRacer, Ellis defeated riders such as Dustin Wimmer and Josh Creamer on his way to five first-place finishes and the ITP QuadCross crown.
The title run was not without its difficulties, as Ellis had to deal with a broken foot in the final two rounds. Despite the injury, he managed a pair of third-place finishes.
The 31-year-old Ellis plans to retire from the ATV racing circuit, though he will remain active with the Yoshimura team.
“I’ve been racing in National events for 12 years,” says Ellis. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of traveling. I’m really enjoying my job with Yoshimura and working with the race team. It’s time to just enjoy it all.”